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Volunteer gardeners working at Cecil Sharp House: Susannah Hall, Hugh Livingstone, Kayode Olafimihan & Sean Tansey. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Gardening: Got a garden that needs a makeover? You need to Permablitz it

If I had any mental picture of the entrance way to Cecil Sharp House, Regent’s Park Road, NW1, it was of something rather dry and gloomy, of being flanked by dark trees as one made a hesitant progress towards the non-obvious front door. It certainly was not of a vibrant flower bed.

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Renovated Virgin Active in Crouch End. Regular clients Katy Mills, left, and Rachael Field Roddis with Snow Patrol drummer Jonny Quinn. Photograph: Rosie Hallam

Competition: Win a year-long membership at Crouch End Virgin Active Health Club

To celebrate the re-launch of Crouch End Virgin Active Health Club, we are offering two readers the chance to win a free yearlong membership at the club.

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Julie Kerr

Former model turned bulimia recovery coach talks about her turnaround

After struggling to avert your eye from the confectionery stand, your gaze takes you to the magazine rack as you wait in the queue of any newsagents worth its salt.

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DAYTONA by Cotton, Joe (Harry Shearer), Billy (Oliver Cotton) and Elli (Maureen Lipman) Writer - Oliver Cotton,  Director - David Grindley, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 2014, Credit: Johan Persson/

Maureen Lipman won’t spill the beans on the big secret behind latest show

At least according to newspaper folklore, the trouble with even the most wonderful actors is that they are typically the trickiest people to interview.

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Hornsey school for girls celebrating good ofsted report, Students pictured with Head teacher Carol Jones

What are the benefits of a single sex education?

Choosing a secondary school is hard, even for the most competitive parent-child teams. There are academic queries, state or independent considerations and swimming pool conundrums. Then there is the seemingly eternal question of co-education or single-sex.

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ICON Training

New Lords traineeships equipping the young with skills for work

As the UK economy begins to show signs of recovery, the pressure on large and small businesses alike is starting to subside. The benefits of austerity, however, aren’t extending enough to the young and unemployed, as a recent report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills reveals.

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Feeling the healing

The revolutionary road of Mindful Movement

The mindful revolution continues, quietly. Across the country, school pupils and business leaders are being taught to focus on the present.

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Beat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with sense of balance and stability

Most people have trouble balancing a hectic work schedule, commute and social life. For those with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) this balance has to be completely re-addressed.

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Apps Kids @ Bermotech

Bermotech teaches youngsters to crack coding by end of summer

As the wheels of technology spin ever faster, parents are facing up to the terrifying prospect that soon their children will know far more than them.

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Fiona Stewart
UKFA ceremony, with Caitlin Moran and Pete Paphides
credit to UK Festivals Awards

Green Man festival: Wales’ biggest music party inspired by growing up in Camden

Fiona Stewart can look at the astronomic growth of the UK’s festival scene with a measure of pride.

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Munir Bello

Maida Vale author explains controversial ‘slate and date’ website

Munir Bello doesn’t take a break-up lightly. He’s been dumped in the supermarket after telling one girlfriend that a “certain celebrity” was hot, started ranting about “equal opportunities” when expected to pay for an expensive restaurant date and, as he explains, became enraged when another partner hid their relationship from her family by calling him “a friend”.

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personal trainer

New website matches clients with the perfect Personal Trainer

With the growth in the personal training industry – and a mass of professionals based in north London – how do you find the one who best suits you?

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Education See all

Schoolchildren from St Eugene de Mazenod Catholic Primary School mark World Porridge Day with associate headteacher Greg Donohue and Mim McCulloch from charity Magic Breakfast. Picture: Polly Hancock

World Porridge Day goes down a treat at West Hampstead primary school

Children at a West Hampstead primary school have celebrated World Porridge Day by tucking into big bowls of one of Britain’s best-loved breakfast dishes.

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High Speed 2 See all

Andrew Marr will be speaking about his new novel. Picture: Doug Peters

Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

An evening with broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr, a tour giving a history of London Zoo’s architecture and the Belsize Festival are just some of the things featured in our top five this week.

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Obituaries See all

Lynda Bellingham at the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival in 2010. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Former Crouch End and Muswell Hill resident Lynda Bellingham dies after losing cancer fight

Actress and Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham, who was battling cancer, died yesterday in her husband’s arms, her agent has confirmed.

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